Page Turners July 2014 Review: And the Mountains Echoed was a popular choice with our group. Although there were several story lines that sometimes werPage Turners July 2014 Review: And the Mountains Echoed was a popular choice with our group. Although there were several story lines that sometimes were confusing, one of us commented that the author did a good job of recapping past events so that you could piece together the narrative without too much trouble. The most frequent complaint was that the stories didn’t seem to obviously fit together. Some characters might have been lifted from the book without damaging the story. However, we came to the consensus that Hosseini is a master at creating multi-dimensional characters. Even the “villains” had a few good qualities, just as is often the case in real life.
Another thing that set this book apart from other books was the way the author handled the setting. Much of the book takes place in Afghanistan, but there’s little mention of the Taliban. Several of our members thought that it was refreshing to read other perspectives on a country that’s been in the news so much over the past decade.
We discussed a theme that seemed to arise frequently: in many of the stories a character is caring for a disabled friend or family member. It was interesting to see how each character responded to the sacrifices that she or he had to make under those circumstances.
Page Turners rating: 4/5.
Patron Review from 2013 Summer Reading Program: Excellent book on family love and caring and also tragedies. All the subplots come together at the end--excellent writing. ...more